Books by Elizabeth Alexander

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD by Elizabeth Alexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A delicate, existentially elegiac memoir."
A distinguished poet meditates on the early death of her beloved artist husband. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"Even listeners who aren't quite sure what some of the words mean will enjoy listening to their soothing, sonorous flow and poring over the pictures to find vivid glimpses of their own and others' lives and dreams. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
A moving poem broadens its potential impact with evocative, dreamlike illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Diaz. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Two years after Suzanne Jurmain's nonfiction chronicle, Forbidden Schoolhouse (2005), comes a glorious poetic celebration of the teacher and students at a Connecticut school that defied mid-19th-century convention to educate African-American girls. Divided into six sections, four sonnets in each, the voices of the 24 girls tell, one by one, the tale, from hope and excitement at the beginning of the enterprise to fear and defiance as forces both institutional and vigilante conspire to destroy Miss Crandall's School. Nelson's sonnets adhere to a strict form while Alexander's explore the boundaries of the form; each distills the powerful emotions inspired by the story. For example, "Fire from the Gods": "I didn't know how much I didn't know, / Like Brer Mosquito on Brer Elephant, / now I know my capacity for awe / is infinite. . . . " Cooper's soft pastel illustrations provide a muted counterpoint to the text, mixing depictions of school and students with images of the natural world in a lovely rhythm. A foreword provides a brief prose history of the school; a concluding authors' note explains their collaborative process. (Poetry. 10+)Read full book review >
THE BLACK INTERIOR by Elizabeth Alexander
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A few of the parts are more powerful than the whole. "
Uneven collection of nine essays by Alexander (African-American Studies/Yale) examining the role of the black artist in the larger culture and within the black community. Read full book review >